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That was more descriptive of my philosophy in my fifteen years as a junior
high librarian in a fairly conservative neighborhood. If I knew a book met
the standards for our district, but had a "word" or two or some other
potential "problem," I went ahead with purchase if I thought the kids would
like it. Yes I had challenges. But they were, without fail, regarding
materials I had NOT thought problematical. They came right out of left field
to smack me upside the head. One challenge was to a Far Side cartoon book,
and another was to a live performance by a storyteller. There were others,
but I do not think any of the questions I got were ever from books that I
thought might elicit concern. You never know what will inspire a challenge
anyway, so your thinking should instead just be about the book and its
quality. Best wishes from sunny mild Texas where the daffodils are blooming
in my yard, Mary Ann

"Try curiosity!"--Dorothy Parker
Dr. Mary Ann Bell
Associate Professor, Library Science
Sam Houston State University
Huntsville, TX

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